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Overlord (1975)

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100

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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Generous doses of newsreel footage highlight this British wartime drama. Tom (Brian Stirner) is a typical 18-year-old Briton who goes into military service early in 1944. The film follows the protagonist through the rigors of training and the shock of his first battle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Unrated,

Drama, Classics

Apr 17, 2007

Janus Films

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (1) | DVD (14)

Overlord feels like a small but vivid tragedy inside an epic container.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Overlord, a prize-winning entry in the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, deserves to join the pantheon of essential World War II combat movies.

July 13, 2006
New York Times
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It's still a feat of period filmmaking. More than that, Overlord's revivification of a wasteland Europe offers up a powerful whip lesson for the postwar complacent.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A majestic, somber work about war.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Cooper gives it the right understated, unheroic feel.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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A film that slipped through the cracks.

July 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unknown classic.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The overriding themes of the film are never broadly stated but are subtly revealed, and the horror and reality of war are quietly played out on both the human and panoramic levels with disturbing effect.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film plays like a 1950's B-movie with artistic pretensions.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Overlord

WWII through the eyes of an average, somewhat inept British foot soldier. Director Stuart Cooper effectively interlaces real war footage with scenes of the infantryman's more mundane daily routines. We get to know the character by vicariously sharing his hardship and even witnessing his frequent daydreams.

Though released in 1975, this has an even older feel to it. A nice combination of post-war sensibility anchored deep in 1944's harsh reality. Definitely a film that warrants more discussion and deserves much more recognition.
January 24, 2010
flixsterman
Randy Tippy

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Clever interweaving of fictional story and archival footage which works better as a documentary than a drama.
July 7, 2008
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Gordon A

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[font=Century Gothic]"Overlord" is a haunting and moving film about a dutiful but not gung-ho young English soldier, Tom Beddoes(Brian Stirner), who is followed through training to D-Day during World War II. Throughout he feels overwhelmed by events and unlike his fellow soldiers is not optimistic about his chances for survival. This makes him sad when he considers how little how he has lived, especially with how much potentially he could accomplish.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Crisply shot in black and white, "Overlord" is enhanced by the use of archival footage which is quite a treat by itself.(Thankfully none of it is familiar enough to be considered cliche.) When not used as backgroud material, some of it is also used in Tom's dream sequences to help express his doubts. [/font]
December 13, 2007
Harlequin68
Walter M.

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An interesting premise. The period leading up to D-Day through the eyes of a young soldier, mixed with actual newsreel footage in between. I've always found anything to do with World World Two interesting so I thought the pieces of newsreel were fascinating. At times it's pretty hard to tell what is archive and what has been filmed especially for the film because they have done such a good job in recreating the style of the archive footage. The only downside is that I felt at times the narrative parts were a bit flat at times, with an unimpressive script and it took a while to get going. Considering the subject matter it's unsurprisingly not a feel good movie. Overall though, a very moving, and thought provoking film.
June 16, 2009
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Emily B.

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